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The Oregon legislature began its work with many new faces in the legislature.This is a time of learning for them and a great opportunity for you to invite your legislators to have a conversation with your PTA.This legislative session will prove hard on education and critical services due in part to the expected budget shortfall. The Oregon School Boards Association says the Governor’s proposed budget is $500 million short of “current services” The only way we can grow funding for … read more
Please join me at our annual leadership conference on April 21-22, 2017. Each year at our conference, we gather to celebrate our accomplishments, educate ourselves on issues that affect our children, and plan for the future of our association. It is critical that local PTAs are represented to share their voice as we elect officers to the state board, adopt resolutions to support and strengthen our legislative platform, and talk to each other about our challenges and successes as parent … read more
“As president of the Oregon Parent Teacher Association, I am dedicated to addressing the problems facing our schools. Decades of disinvestment have led to large class sizes, short school years and fewer class offerings. Today, Oregon has one of the worst high school graduation rates in the county. I want a brighter future for our children.” Read more here.
“Oregon mandated the QEM, the quality education model, so many years ago, and we’ve never fully funded it because we gave the legislators an out. We said, ‘If you guys give us a report about why you can’t fund it, that’s good enough.’ That’s not good enough. I think if we are funding our schools statewide to the quality education model, a lot of this stuff kind of goes away. “When it comes down to it, that’s really, that’s our … read more
Oregon PTA, OEA and Children First for Oregon are calling on the state to address $7.6 billion in deferred maintenance. We need to make sure our schools are safe environments. Oregon PTA Legislative Director, Otto Schell states “When we talk to teachers and parents, we’re hearing the same stories, whether we’re in urban, rural or suburban areas. It’s a real concern—you want to be sure your kids aren’t stepping into a toxic learning environment.” Read the full article and the report.